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SIRTIRA ANDERSON
Funeral services for Pastor Sirtira Anderson were held on Saturday, June 21, 2008 at Pentacostal Assembly Holiness Church in the Lydia Community. The burial followed in the Mt. Pleasant AME Church Cemetery in Elliott. Bishop Michael Miller officiated the services.

Pastor Sirtira Anderson was born March 10, 1928, in Lee County, a daughter of Lawrence and Estelle Witherspoon Smith. She was educated in the public schools of Lee County and attended Lynchburg High School.

After high school, she attended nursing school and worked at Dr. Bowen’s Hospital for 12 years. She also worked at Coker College for several years and retired from Saleeby Center in Hartsville with ten years of service. Nursing and taking care of the elderly was her passion in life.

She was a member of Mt. Pleasant AME Church where she sang on the choir. She later moved to Hartsville and became a member of The Church of God Beyond Man’s Knowledge where she taught Sunday school. She then joined Mt. Olive Holiness Church, taught Sunday school there and was later ordained as a deacon. She later returned to The Church of God Beyond Man’s Knowledge and became a pastor in 1990 under the guidance of Bishop David Joiner of Charleston. In 1991, she established The Church of God Beyond Man’s Knowledge under the leadership of the late Bishop Henry Miller. She served until she moved to Charlotte, N.C., to live with her daughter, Mae and her son-in-law, Dwight.

She was married to the late Edmond Anderson Jr., and this union was blessed with ten children. Two of her sons preceded her in death. Five of her sisters and four of her brothers also predeceased her. Pastor Anderson was hospitalized on May 11, 2008 (Mother’s Day), and went home to be with the Lord on June 15, 2008 (Father’s Day), at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.

Surviving to cherish the life and honor the memories of Pastor Sirtira Anderson include her sons, Joseph Anderson, Leroy (Donna) Anderson, Albert Anderson, Benjamin Anderson, Harold (Evelyn) Anderson and Calhoun (Dorothy) Anderson all of Plainfield, NJ; her daughters, Patricia (Ronnie) Taylor of Plainfield, NJ, Denise Shaw of Columbia, SC and Edwina (Dwight) Martin of Charlotte, NC; four sisters, Daisy Wells, Naomi Toney, Bessie Lee Commander and Alice Mae Nedd; six brothers, Edgar Titus, John "Terry" Smith, Lawrence Smith, Jr., Robert Smith, Jessie Smith and Joe Lewis Smith; her very special sister-in-law and “Mother of the Church”, Rebecca Anderson; her daughters-in-law, Betty, Gloria, Loretta, Shirley, Bonnie; her son-in-law, Lonnie and a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, other relatives and very dear friends.

Tributes may be posted to our website at: www.hinesfuneralhome.com

CECIL McINVILLE
DARLINGTON – Cecil Dewayne McInville, 37, died Wednesday, June 18, at his residence. Funeral services were held on Friday, June 20, in the Church of God Of Prophecy, officiated by Rev. Ron Prosch, with burial following in Black Creek Cemetery, directed by Belk Funeral Home.

Born in Darlington, on February 13, 1971, he was the son of Darlene Brown Ritchie and the late Paul McInville Sr. Cecil was an electrician and enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. He attended the Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving in addition to his mother, of Darlington, are a brother Paul (Jenny) McInville of Darlington, two sisters; Sunny McInville, Mindy McInville, both of Darlington, a niece, MaKayla McInville, a nephew, Josh Kelley, grandmother, Sarah Oates of Darlington, and a step-father, Mike Ritchie of Hampton, Va.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Woodrow Brown Sr. and Clarence and Lucille McInville.

Memorials may be made to McLeod’s Hospice, PO Box 100551, Florence, SC 29502.

Sign the guestbook online @www.belkfuneralhome.com.

LEROY LAFFIDY
Funeral services for Leroy Laffidy, 80, who died June 10, were held Thursday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Bishop Marc Ensign officiated. Burial was in the Westview Memorial Cemetery directed by Norton Funeral Home. Mr. Laffidy was born in Rockingham, N.C., a son of the late Arthur L. & Mary Lipscomb Laffidy. He worked at Sonoco Products Co. for 47 years before retiring in 1991 and was a member of the Old Timers Club. He enjoyed working with young men in the Boy Scout program and served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in various responsible positions, including several years in the ward bishopric. Roy loved to fish, work on the church farm and riding in his car. Surviving are his wife Louise Hall Laffidy, Son: Jeff (Tracy) Laffidy, Grandchildren: Cole, Mary, Jeffrey and Sophie Laffidy, all of Hartsville. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice or Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Mission Fund, 384 Equestrian Run, Hartsville, S.C. 29550

www.nortonfh.net.

CARL SMITH
Funeral services for Carl Smith will be 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, 2008, at Unity Mission Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, directed by Young and Young Funeral Home of Hartsville.

Mr. Smith, 54, died Saturday, June 21, 2008, at Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center after an illness.

Mr. Smith was born in Darlington County, a son of the late Julius Lee and Pinkey Smith Sr. He received his education in the Darlington County public school systems and was a member of Unity Mission Pentecostal Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Smith of Hartsville; three daughters, Nicole Brown and Stacey Brown both of Texas, and Tamatha Scott of Hartsville; four sons, Anthony Brown of Texas, Wendell Brown, Carl (Jermaine) Brown and Thomas Scott, all of Hartsville; one sister, Mamie McCain of Tennessee; one brother, Johnny Smith of Atlanta, Ga.; four sisters, Louise Poston, Margert Dewitt, Betty McRaven and Ida Coe, all of Hartsville; one brother-in-law, Henry Scott of Hartsville; twelve grandchildren; three nieces, five nephews and a host of cousins and friends.

LaWANDA McKEITHAN
Funeral services for LaWanda Dawn McKeitha, 32, who died on June 22, will be today, June 25, at 2 p.m. from the Chapel at Norton Funeral Home. Rev. William C. Daniel Jr. will officiate.

Burial will be in Magnolia Cemetery.

LaWanda was born in Hartsville a daughter of the late Loranzy and Nancy Davis McKeithan. She was a member of the Southern Methodist Church and was a computer analyst with Carolina Pines RMC.

Surviving are: sisters, Lousie Nance of Wilmington, N.C., Debra Fulcher of Morrisville, N.C.; brothers, Danny McKeithan of McBee, Rev. Allen McKeithan, Bobby McKeithan of Wilmington, N.C.; sister-in-law, Irene McKeithan of Wilmington, N.C. She was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil McKeithan.

www.nortonfh.net.

MARGIE SPELL
DARLINGTON – Margie Smith Spell, 39, died Thursday, June 19, 2008. Funeral services were held Sunday, June 22, 2008, in the chapel of Belk Funeral Home with interment in Grove Hill Cemetery.

Mrs. Spell was born in Huntington, W. Va., daughter of Harold T. and Karen Davis Smith. She was a graduate of St. John’s High School and attended Florence-Darlington Technical College. Margie was a housewife, a loving mother and loved her pets. She attended Victory Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her parents of Darlington are her husband, Richard Spell; two daughters, Sarah Anderson and Sydney Grace Spell; a son, Richard Garret Spell, all of Darlington; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Phillip Johnson and Dena Spell, also of Darlington; sister-in-law, Jennifer Smith of Florence and half sister, Stephanie Matthews of Darlington.

Margie was preceded in death by her brother-in-law, Robbie Spell.

JACK ATKINSON
Funeral services for Jack Dempsey Atkinson, 55, were held Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at the First Baptist Church of Darlington with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens. The Revs. Bobby Steen and Eddie Fleming officiated and Brown-Pennington-Atkins served the family.

Mr. Atkinson died Sunday, June 22, 2008. Born in Darlington County, he was a son of the late Andrew and Connie Petty Atkinson.

Surviving are his wife, Sabrina Atkinson of Hartsville; son, Jack Atkinson Jr. of Hartsville; sisters and brothers-in-law, Darla Freeman of Hartsville, Mary and Marty Brewer of Pinehurst, N.C., Lois Gainey of Society Hill, Connie and Troy Rodriquez of Conway; brothers and sisters-in-law, Roger and Carol Sure Atkinson, Jimmy and Kathy Atkinson, Frank Atkinson, Tex Atkinson, all of Hartsville.

He was preceded in death by his brothers, L.J. Atkinson, BoBo Atkinson; sister Carolyn Mixon.

www.bpafuneralhome.com.

ELBERT MATUSE
Mr. Elbert Lee Matuse, 51, died Friday, June 20, 2008. Born in Hartsville, he was a son of Mary Lee Euten Matuse and the late Rosier E. Matuse. Brown-Pennington-Atkins is serving the family.

Surviving are his mother, of Hartsville; sisters, Elaine Hopkins of Bishopville, Pamela L. Matuse of Hartsville, Lorrie Ann Jordan of Hartsville; brothers, William Carson Edwards of Bishopville, Larry Richard Matuse of Hartsville.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Diane Matuse Watson.

www.bpafuneralhome.com.

JANICE BROWN-COOPER
Funeral services for Janice Brown-Cooper of Darlington were held Tuesday, June 24, 2008, at Center Baptist Church, Rev. Jackie Boyd, pastor. Burial followed in Hart Number Two Cemetery directed by Mitchell-Josey Funeral Home Inc.

She was the daughter of Gladys Brown of Darlington and Aaron Brown of Florence. The wife of Eddie Cooper of Darlington. The mother of Tysheka Harts of Boston, Mass.

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